New gig: Lafayette state Rep. Nancy Landry has quit her post in the House to become chief of staff for Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin. The term-limited Landry says taking the new job is a “good way to continue to serve” the people of Louisiana. Landry will be paid $130,000 per year. Landry has served in the Legislature for 10 1/2 years and is former chairwoman of the House Education Committee. Read the full story.
Unemployment: Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits rose slightly while still remaining around a historically low level that’s consistent with a tight labor market, Bloomberg reports. Jobless claims rose to 216,000 in the week ended July 13, according to Labor Department figures released Thursday that matched estimates in Bloomberg’s survey of economists. The four-week average, a less-volatile measure, edged down to a five-week low of 218,750. Read the full report.
Hiring: EmployBR is hosting a job fair this Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. at Delmont Gardens Library. The job fair, previously set for July 12, was rescheduled because of Hurricane Barry. Applicants attending the job fair should come with copies of their updated resumé and be prepared for on-site interviews.The city-parish has more information about openings online.